• Understanding Carpal Tunnel

    Wrist pain and keyboard II

    The carpal tunnel is a narrow area of the wrist where the median nerve enters the hand. Any inflammation or swelling of the nerve can result in a pinched median nerve. The median nerve provides feeling and movement for the entire thumb side of your hand, including your thumb, index finger, middle fingers, and the thumb side of your ring finger. The resulting pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness is called carpal tunnel syndrome , which can be treated by an orthopaedic specialist.

    Symptoms

    Some of the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

    • Difficulty coordinating the use of your fingers.
    • Pain in the wrist or hand.
    • Numbness or tingling in the wrist or hand.
    • A weak grip.

    Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Repetitive motions to the hand and wrist are what typically cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Typing is the most common repetitive action that leads to carpal tunnel syndrome. However, any repetitive movement can cause symptoms. Other common activities that can cause carpal tunnel syndrome are:

    • Sewing.
    • Assembly line work.
    • Painting.
    • Use of tools or vibrating machinery.
    • Sports like handball.
    • Playing some musical instruments.
    • Driving.
    • Writing.

    Treatments

    When symptoms initially appear, you may be able to treat the condition without professional orthopaedic care. Try ceasing activities that cause your symptoms, icing the area for 10-15 minutes once or twice an hour, wearing a wrist splint, and using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling and pain. If your symptoms are persistent and interfere in your normal daily activities, then consult an orthopaedic doctor right away.

    The exceptional staff at MK Orthopaedics is here to help alleviate your carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. At MK Orthopaedics, we provide the highest level of orthopaedic and rehabilitative care. We specialize in rehabilitation for sports injuries, trauma, and fractures to the foot, hand, hip, and spine. To make an appointment with one of our orthopaedic specialists, call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician.

     

  • Ginger for Arthritis: Herbal Plant Remedies

    Arthritis sufferers often turn to various remedies and treatments to eliminate painful symptoms.

     Watch this video to learn how ginger root extract can help ease your symptoms of arthritis. You’ll learn about the appropriate dosages and frequency of use for taking ginger root extract. In addition, viewers will discover how to prepare and enjoy ginger root.

    To learn about other ways to ease, or even eliminate, your musculoskeletal pain, turn to an orthopaedic doctor who can diagnose your condition and select the best course of treatment. At MK Orthopaedics, or wonderful staff will use cutting-edge technology and the highest level of orthopaedic care to resolve your pain symptoms. Call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900 to schedule your appointment today.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician.

     

  • 5 Common Wrist and Hand Injuries

    Injured wrist

    Due to the frequency of hand and wrist use, hands and wrists are often injured, whether it occurs at work, during participation in sports, or just from everyday life. The following are five of the most common wrist and hand injuries treated by orthopaedic specialists.

    1.  Fractures: Fractures are breaks in the bone. Fractures can occur in both the wrist and in the multitude of bones in your hand. Fractures often result in swelling or pain, and sometimes the break will cause your hand or wrist to hang at an odd and unnatural angle.

      2.  Wrist Sprains: Falling on an outstretched hand is a common way to sprain your wrist. Symptoms of a wrist sprain include: swelling, pain, redness, and tenderness. Athletes often incur wrist sprains from falling on the hands during sporting events.

      3.  Tendinitis: Tendinitis is an irritation of the tissue surrounding the tendons that results in swelling and pain. Tendinitis occurs often from overuse, or even from using poor equipment.

      4.  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: The median nerve runs through the carpal tunnel, the small opening in your wrist, to provide feeling and movement to the hand. Swelling of the median nerve can result in numbness, tingling, a weak grip, and pain in the hand and wrist. Repetitive motion, whether from work or from a hobby, can inflame the median nerve, causing carpal tunnel syndrome.

      5.  Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is arthritis caused by wear and tear. Osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage in the joint, reducing its shock absorbency. Over time, the joint will become damaged from constant rubbing.

    If you are suffering from any of these common wrist and hand injuries, then rely on the professional staff of orthopaedic doctors at MK Orthopaedics. The orthopaedic surgeons at MK Orthopaedics utilize the most up-to-date medical treatments to provide excellent care in a warm, caring, and comfortable setting. To make an appointment, call (815) 741-6900.

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician.

  • How to Treat a Rotator Cuff Injury

    When you lift your arm up and away from your body, your rotator cuff slides in and out of the arch near your scapula bone and bursa. A rotator cuff injury is typically categorized as a strain or tear on that arch. 

    This video provides an overview on how to treat rotator cuff injuries. Once your orthopaedic doctor has confirmed a rotator cuff sprain or tear using an MRI with contrast dye, they will typically recommend strengthening exercises and cross-body stretches to restore range of motion. Learn more in this full clip. 

    Are you showing signs of a rotator cuff injury? Whether you are interested in rotator cuff treatments, hip replacements, or knee replacement surgery, MK Orthopaedics is here to help. Contact our office at (815) 741-6900 for more information. 

    Disclaimer:

    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician. 

     

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